SAFS Annual Meeting

May 1st-4th 2018

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites, Charleston -Historic District

Room rate with be FY18 Federal per Diem

Registration Now Open!


Meeting Agenda


Meeting Program


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Registration fee includes Wednesday evening reception, Thursday breakfast plenary session, lunch business meeting
and evening banquet as well as Friday morning breakfast and breakout sessions.

Important Links

Vendor Registration

Hotel Reservation Link(room rate is FY18 Federal per diem)

Workshop Information

Call for Papers and Posters

Two days of workshops covering a wide range of topics for biologists,
chemists, toxicologists, trace evidence examiners and firearms

Breakfast is included with at least 1 workshop per day.

Lunch is included on days where attendees participate in either an all-day or two half-day workshops.

Presenters will include (not complete list)

Nancy McCombs, presenting on Firearms Subclass Characteristics

Marc LeBeau, FBI presenting on Method Validation for Forensic Toxicology

Mike Coble, Associate Director, UNTHSC Center for Human Identification presenting on Probabilistic Genotyping

Jeremy Morris presenting on Cognitive Bias

Donna Iula, Cayman Chemical presenting on Emerging Drugs and their MS


Black Cat Haunted Charleston Tours
$15 per person – Sign up during meeting check-in
Tours will be held Tuesday, May 2 at 8 pm and Wednesday, May 3 at 8:30 pm

Plenary Session Presentations

Lieutenant Rita Shuler: Retired supervisory agent of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

Ms. Shuler will talk about actual criminal cases, highlighting the vital important of physical
evidence in the investigation and solving of these cases.
She will present cases showing similarities and differences of crime solving in the past to
present day including a murder and sexual assault “cold case” that was solved after 37

Mark Jones: Crime Writer and Tour Guide

Mark will be presenting a sixty-minute program about the history of murder in Charleston,
and the evolving justice system through 200 years. Mark will cover some of Charleston’s
most infamous, and notorious crimes, including:
 The Execution of Lavinia Fisher (1818)
 Denmark Vesey Slave Conspiracy (1822)
 The Murder of Francis Dawson, Anti-Dueling Crusader (1889)
 Self Defense Charleston Style – The Murder of Frank Hogan (1927)
 Obsession: The Murder of Mary Lynn Witherspoon (2003)



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